Bryan Brown

Bryan Neathway Brown (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor. Early life Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John (Jack) Brown and Molly Brown, a house cleaner and pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet. He grew up in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, and began working at AMP as an actuarial student. He started to act in amateur theatre performances, where he discovered a passion for acting. Career Brown went to England in 1964, eventually winning minor roles at the Old Vic. He returned to Australia where he became a member of the Genesian Theatre, Sydney, appearing in Colleen Clifford's production of A Man for All Seasons, before joining the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his cinema debut in 1977 with a small role in The Love Letters from Teralba Road, and appeared in several more Australian films over the next two years. In 1980 Brown became known to international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. While he continued appearing in Australian productions he also appeared in American TV mini-series, winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981). He is best known to American television audiences for his Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, who he later married. He starred in several international productions, including Tai-Pan, with Joan Chen, Gorillas in the Mist, with Sigourney Weaver, and Cocktail, ...

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Australia (2008)

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Essie Davis  •  David Wenham

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Essie Davis  •  David Wenham

Along Came Polly (2004)

Reuben Feffer is a guy who's spent his entire life playing it safe. Polly Prince is irresistible as a free-spirit who lives for the thrill of the moment. When these two comically mismatched souls collide, Reuben's world is turned upside down, as he makes an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hamburg
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Debra Messing

Reuben Feffer is a guy who's spent his entire life playing it safe. Polly Prince is irresistible as a free-spirit who lives for the thrill of the moment. When these two comically mismatched souls collide, Reuben's world is turned upside down, as he makes an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hamburg
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Debra Messing

Breaker Morant (1980)

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During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Edward Woodward  •  Jack Thompson  •  Bryan Brown  •  John Waters

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Edward Woodward  •  Jack Thompson  •  Bryan Brown  •  John Waters

Cocktail (1988)

After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin, who teaches Brian the fine art of bar-tending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with his flashy drink-mixing style, and Brian adopts his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Bryan Brown  •  Elisabeth Shue  •  Lisa Banes

After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin, who teaches Brian the fine art of bar-tending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with his flashy drink-mixing style, and Brian adopts his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Bryan Brown  •  Elisabeth Shue  •  Lisa Banes

Dirty Deeds (2002)

Set in 1960's Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caesar
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Toni Collette  •  John Goodman  •  Sam Neill

Set in 1960's Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caesar
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Toni Collette  •  John Goodman  •  Sam Neill

Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Bryan Brown  •  Julie Harris  •  John Omirah Miluwi

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Bryan Brown  •  Julie Harris  •  John Omirah Miluwi

Grizzly Falls (1999)

When a young boy is captured by a grizzly bear, he begins the most incredible journey of a lifetime, full of breathtaking excitement, harrowing danger and thrilling surprises.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stewart Raffill
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Tom Jackson  •  Richard Harris  •  Daniel Clark

When a young boy is captured by a grizzly bear, he begins the most incredible journey of a lifetime, full of breathtaking excitement, harrowing danger and thrilling surprises.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stewart Raffill
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Tom Jackson  •  Richard Harris  •  Daniel Clark

The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

A group of Australian SAS regiment soldiers are deployed to Vietnam around 1967/8 and encounter the realities of war, from the numbing boredom of camp life and long range patrols, raids and ambushes where nothing happens, to the the terror of enduring mortar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Jeffrey
CAST:  Graham Kennedy  •  John Hargreaves  •  John Jarratt  •  Bryan Brown

A group of Australian SAS regiment soldiers are deployed to Vietnam around 1967/8 and encounter the realities of war, from the numbing boredom of camp life and long range patrols, raids and ambushes where nothing happens, to the the terror of enduring mortar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Jeffrey
CAST:  Graham Kennedy  •  John Hargreaves  •  John Jarratt  •  Bryan Brown

Two Hands (1999)

A 19-year-old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile, two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Bryan Brown  •  Rose Byrne  •  David Field

A 19-year-old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile, two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Bryan Brown  •  Rose Byrne  •  David Field

F/X (1986)

A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double cross him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mandel
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Diane Venora  •  Cliff DeYoung

A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double cross him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mandel
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Diane Venora  •  Cliff DeYoung

Spring Break Shark Attack (2005)

A young teenager travels to Florida, unknowing that a group of dangerous tiger sharks are ravaging the beach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Shapiro
CAST:  Shannon Lucio  •  Riley Smith  •  Justin Baldoni  •  Kathy Baker

A young teenager travels to Florida, unknowing that a group of dangerous tiger sharks are ravaging the beach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Shapiro
CAST:  Shannon Lucio  •  Riley Smith  •  Justin Baldoni  •  Kathy Baker

Tai-Pan (1986)

The film begins following the British victory of the first Opium War and the seizure of Hong Kong. Although the island is largely uninhabited and the terrain unfriendly, it has a large port that both the British government and various trading companies believe will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daryl Duke
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Joan Chen  •  John Stanton  •  Tim Guinee

The film begins following the British victory of the first Opium War and the seizure of Hong Kong. Although the island is largely uninhabited and the terrain unfriendly, it has a large port that both the British government and various trading companies believe will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daryl Duke
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Joan Chen  •  John Stanton  •  Tim Guinee

Full Body Massage (1995)

Nina, an art dealer, has her weekly massage appointment and is surprised to find out her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a replacement named Fitch. The pair develop an easy rapport during the session, with talk about past relationships. As Nina lies topless on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Roeg
CAST:  Mimi Rogers  •  Bryan Brown  •  Christopher Burgard  •  Elizabeth Barondes

Nina, an art dealer, has her weekly massage appointment and is surprised to find out her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a replacement named Fitch. The pair develop an easy rapport during the session, with talk about past relationships. As Nina lies topless on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Roeg
CAST:  Mimi Rogers  •  Bryan Brown  •  Christopher Burgard  •  Elizabeth Barondes

The Umbrella Woman (1987)

In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Cameron
CAST:  Rachel Ward  •  Bryan Brown  •  Steven Vidler  •  Sam Neill

In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Cameron
CAST:  Rachel Ward  •  Bryan Brown  •  Steven Vidler  •  Sam Neill

Winter of Our Dreams (1981)

When a womanizing bookshop owner hears about the suicide of a former girlfriend, he tries to find out more and meets her friend, a prostitute. They hook up, but when she finds her friend's diary, she discovers she's repeating her mistakes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Judy Davis  •  Bryan Brown  •  Cathy Downes  •  Baz Luhrmann

When a womanizing bookshop owner hears about the suicide of a former girlfriend, he tries to find out more and meets her friend, a prostitute. They hook up, but when she finds her friend's diary, she discovers she's repeating her mistakes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Judy Davis  •  Bryan Brown  •  Cathy Downes  •  Baz Luhrmann

Dead in the Water (1991)

Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose father made all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Condon
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Teri Hatcher  •  Anne De Salvo  •  Veronica Cartwright

Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose father made all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Condon
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Teri Hatcher  •  Anne De Salvo  •  Veronica Cartwright

Cathy's Child (1979)

Cathy Baikas is a woman of Greek heritage who lives in Sydney, Australia with her three-year-old daughter. When her daughter's father kidnaps the child and takes her back to Greece, Cathy discovers the authorities can do little to help her. She turns to the media. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Crombie
CAST:  Michele Fawdon  •  Alan Cassell  •  Bryan Brown  •  Willie Fennell

Cathy Baikas is a woman of Greek heritage who lives in Sydney, Australia with her three-year-old daughter. When her daughter's father kidnaps the child and takes her back to Greece, Cathy discovers the authorities can do little to help her. She turns to the media. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Crombie
CAST:  Michele Fawdon  •  Alan Cassell  •  Bryan Brown  •  Willie Fennell

The Irishman (1978)

Paddy Doolan is a man who refuses to accept change. In a new century where the motor car is changing the way things are done, the stubborn Irishman, the last of the draught-horse teamsters, continues to haul timber the old way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Crombie
CAST:  Michael Craig  •  Simon Burke  •  Robyn Nevin  •  Lou Brown

Paddy Doolan is a man who refuses to accept change. In a new century where the motor car is changing the way things are done, the stubborn Irishman, the last of the draught-horse teamsters, continues to haul timber the old way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Crombie
CAST:  Michael Craig  •  Simon Burke  •  Robyn Nevin  •  Lou Brown

Stir (1980)

Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Wallace
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Max Phipps  •  Dennis Miller  •  Gary Waddell

Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Wallace
CAST:  Bryan Brown  •  Max Phipps  •  Dennis Miller  •  Gary Waddell

Limbo (2011)

Sonia arrives in Trinidad with her two children to join her husband Jo who is working as an oil engineer. On the surface she lives a life of luxury in a large houses with servants. The days are uneventful and blend together into an everlasting holiday, where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maria Sødahl
CAST:  Lena Endre  •  Bryan Brown  •  Henrik Rafaelsen  •  Cecilie A. Mosli

Sonia arrives in Trinidad with her two children to join her husband Jo who is working as an oil engineer. On the surface she lives a life of luxury in a large houses with servants. The days are uneventful and blend together into an everlasting holiday, where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maria Sødahl
CAST:  Lena Endre  •  Bryan Brown  •  Henrik Rafaelsen  •  Cecilie A. Mosli
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